Liberating truth

As a New Year’s visitor to the City of Charleston and the South Carolina Lowcountry, I was immediately enchanted by the beauty of the place. Nevertheless, I was dismayed to read a New Year’s Day commentary by Kirkpatrick Sale on Emancipation which both missed the significance of the day and was ahistorical in the extreme.

Connecting Emancipation to the immense suffering endured by South Carolina as a result of the Civil War and its aftermath misses the essential point that the Emancipation Proclamation was not only a war measure but a declaration of and realization of human freedom and dignity.

We Americans are known for our core ideal that all men are born free and equal. The entire nation struggled and continues to struggle to make that touchstone of freedom reality.

Still another jewel in the crown of South Carolina’s rich history, the state boasts being ground zero for the execution of the Proclamation. The great gathering of freed slaves and their white missionary allies at Port Royal at Camp Saxton on that first Emancipation Day was the largest and most significant in the entire nation.

The notion that the freeing of human beings from the ownership and cruel manipulation of other human beings is somehow at fault for all that befell South Carolina during the Civil War fundamentally misreads history despite the monetary value of the lost property to those who held slaves.

Instead, Mr. Sale and others who share his views ought to celebrate Emancipation Day each year. The Camp Saxton site ought to be a National Monument operated by the National Park Service and Americans of all backgrounds ought to come to the South Carolina Lowcountry to reflect on the meaning of freedom and equality we all cherish.

Thomas M. Sobottke

Adjunct Professor/History

Carroll University

Evergreen Lane

Pewaukee, Wis.

Stan ‘The Man’

The Jan. 23 Cal Thomas column spoke about Stanley Frank Musial as a person who carried himself well through baseball and life in general.

It is befitting to remember “The Man” for his many accomplishments in our national pastime sport of baseball.

When he was voted into the Hall of Fame in 1967 he personally owned 55 records, far too many to fit on his Hall of Fame plaque.

Here are a few highlights to remember:

The greatest St. Louis Cardinal of all time: 475 home runs, 1,951 runs batted in, .331 lifetime batting average, three-time winner and four-time runner-up for the Most Valuable Player award, seven times National League batting champion, 24 times selected to the NL All Star team. He had 3,630 hits — 1,815 at home and 1,815 away.

He truly was “The Man.”

Ed Gilligan

Marsh Hawk Lane

Kiawah Island


During a Jan. 16 interview. I heard former Gov. Mark Sanford describe himself as a “wounded warrior.”

I think not.

Those are men of honor.

Eileen Hoffman

Avondale Avenue


Help ‘Mr. Charlie’

Every once in a while you will encounter someone who brings so much delight and amusement into your life that you giggle and your face lights up every time they walk into a room.

Charlie Schump, “Mr. Charlie” of Charleston Mobile Gymnastics, has been doing that for children in the Charleston area for over 20 years, not only through his gymnastics but when coaching a softball team or yelling for a swim team

When he walks into a room and starts singing, “Hey, hey good looking,” the children start clapping and crying out, “Mr. Charlie’s here!”

He teaches the fundamentals of gymnastics, but the most important lesson that Mr. Charlie instills is love and having fun while you are achieving your goals.

Unfortunately, Mr. Charlie has been dealt several devastating misfortunes in the past few months, including a very rare form of cancer, Type T Lymphoma.

He has not been able to work the past few months and the bills have not slowed down. The medical bills alone are insurmountable due to the fact that he does not have insurance.

However, the biggest challenge he and his wife Karen face is keeping warm.

Their heating unit went out, and the money is simply not available to replace it. Their small fireplace will not do in the cold days ahead.

We have a very generous offer to start the process, but we still need at least $1,300 to have a new unit installed.

A fund-raising event has been established. For more information please contact Carousel Early Childhood Center, 843-763-2378.

Reach out and help someone who has given so much of himself to the children of the Lowcountry for over 20 years. Please contribute to the “Keep Mr. Charlie Warm” fund.

Denise Gaskins


Irene Buenting

Assistant Director

Carousel Early Childhood Center, Inc.

Jenkins Road


Gun balance

My father was killed by a handgun in a robbery at his restaurant over 60 years ago. My brother was killed by a handgun in a street mugging and robbery 40 years ago.

I am a graduate of Virginia Tech, which had 32 deaths from a lone gunman just a few years ago. I lived for years in Connecticut, just down the road from Newtown, where 26 more deaths occurred.

I feel the pain of senseless gun deaths.

Charleston County Sheriff Al Cannon sounds like some members of the National Rifle Association.

His oath of office requires him to uphold and enforce the laws, not to make his own laws. He is out of touch and has lost my confidence.

South Carolina state law allows private property to be posted with “no concealable weapons allowed.” I encourage every business to post that sign.

Our control of guns has to start with us, somewhere, somehow, and not with an egocentric sheriff who needs to be censured and retired.

Nicholas Mihalas

Legare Street


Sanford’s the one

I have read the list of people who are running for Tim Scott’s vacated seat.

The only one on there who is qualified is Mark Sanford, because he has been there and done that.

And he did it very well!

Mary Ducker

Huntley Drive